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Top 5 tips for buying a van on eBay

With over 30,000 listings, eBay is a great place to find the best used van. But how does eBay work when buying commercial vehicles? And how do you ensure you stay safe? Dan Powell of Honest John Vans shares his top 5 tips. Sign up and start small It only takes a few minutes to…

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How to paint on new plaster for perfect results

Newly plastered walls can add a sleek and stylish element to your home. However, correctly painting fresh plaster can be somewhat challenging. This is why it is essential to take a look at a handful of steps so that this surface will retain all of its beauty for years to come. Although we always recommend…

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Loft ConversionsWindows

Roof windows light up your home

Loft conversions are a great way to extend your home. By building up into the roof, homeowners can add a new dimension to their property, which often ends up adding value. What’s more, loft conversions open up the possibility of installing roof windows, helping homeowners to add more light into an existing space. As a...

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Double glazing companies winning more business with online strategies

Alongside its reputation for high-quality glazing installations on domestic and commercial properties, Barn Glass is known for its patent glazing bars, roof lights, windows, bi-folding & sliding doors. In this article, we caught up with the company’s Business Manager, Donna Delaiche, to learn more about the firm, as well as how Checkatrade is helping the...

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condensation on windows

Damp Proofing

Damp proofing your home

Damp can be a real nuisance in homes, causing unsightly and often smelly patches on walls, floors and ceilings. If left to its own devices, damp can become an even bigger problem, eventually turning into rot, which affects the structural strength of surfaces. For homeowners, it’s essential to deal with the issue when you first...

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Damp Proofing

How to get rid of black mould, condensation and damp

Whether it’s due to leaking pipes, excess rainwater, or poor ventilation, there are several reasons that condensation, damp and mould can start to form inside a home. Unfortunately, the problems caused by damp aren’t only unsightly and smelly but can contribute to poor health conditions, such as nasal congestion, asthma and throat irritation. What is...

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stone restoration repair

Bricklaying

Bricklaying: Stone restoration or replacement of brickwork?

Sometimes aged brickwork and stone can look beautiful. As the materials become weathered, they begin to display a certain period charm. However, sometimes, things can become decidedly less pretty. In fact, as brickwork and stone start to age, it loses some of its structural soundness. When this happens, homeowners can be left in a tricky...

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internal sliding doors

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Internal door guide

If you’re moving into a new home or considering a renovation, then you might need to buy some new internal doors. The sheer choice available can be overwhelming, so in this guide, we’ll detail how you can find the right door for the right price. Internal door materials There are several different door options on...

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Heating EngineerPlumber

Protecting yourself on site

Nearly 70% of plumbers with 30 years on the job have had to undergo knee surgery. Similarly, there’s almost 2,595 deaths each year related to past asbestos exposure. Given these startling stats, it’s important that plumbers and central heating engineers know the risks. In this article, we explain how to stay safe on-site and what...

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mental health advice

Trade

Offering support on world mental health day

Over the last few years, mental health issues have become much better understood by people across the country. Whether you operate as a sole trader, or have employees, dealing with mental health issues is now part of your role. To mark World Mental Health Day on the 10th October, we look at how best to...

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apprentice assisting

Trade

Spreading the load

It’s never a bad sign to be busy, but if you suddenly find you’ve got too much work on your hands then it can end up causing problems. In this article we assess three different ways to bring an employee on board; full-time employee, apprenticeship and sub-contractor. Take on a full time employee When things...

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Insulation Installer

Becoming an insulation professional

Insulation is one of the best ways to save energy in a home. According to the Energy Saving Trust, the average three-bedroom semi-detached house could save £310 on energy bills with proper loft and cavity wall insulation. To encourage the installation of insulation, the government launched the  Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme. The scheme requires...

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